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Civility: Manners, Morals, and the Etiquette of Democracy.

Civility: Manners, Morals, and the Etiquette of Democracy Stephen L. Carter

* For anyone who's wondered what happened to civility in our public life, and perhaps some aspects of our personal lives, Stephen Carter offers a thoughtful, well-reasoned--and polite--reflection. We in America tend to carry the illusion that we travel alone; we don't know each other and thus believe we don't owe anyone anything. But civility--the sacrifices we are called to make in order to live together--is fundamentally an ethic for relating to the stranger. Carter offers a set of rules for civility and relates how each is important to democracy. Many are self-evident; others are not. But they all urge us toward better minding our manners for the sake of our fellow passengers. (Basic Books)
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Date:Nov 1, 1999
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